Thursday, April 15, 2010

Zion National Park

Zion is a beautiful place.  Nice, colorful rock formations, some gigantic in scale.

Slow drive, but no RVs to make it even slower!

Note the dark lines in the upper cliff face. Those are where water are flowing down. The wide one to the right (at the 'v') is shown closer up below.

Plus, there were plenty of things to see besides the awesome landscape.

After travelling up switchbacks and through tunnels drilled in 1930, we arrived near the end at much higher elevation. I love how the various sedimentary strata of sandstone are seen in this shot.

The colors and the greenery were impressive.

And near the end is Checkerboard Mesa where the layers of sandstone are cut by the forces of erosion to form a checkerboard pattern in the rock.

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